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Oct 29, 2006 02:05 PM


Is it ever ok for a server to put food back on your plate that has fallen onto the table while it's being served?!

I find it to be unacceptable and usually remove it to my napkin, but somehow I end up feeling like my whole plate has been contaminated!

What are you supposed to do?!

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  1. No - it's not ok. I would think that if the server dropped it on the table, the server ought to remove it from the table. If the server didn't do so, and left it on the table, I'd ask the server to do so. If the server put the food back on my plate - I'm not sure what I'd do - I guess ask for a new dish (and not just for my plate to be taken to the kitchen and the offending piece of food removed and the plate returned to me). BTW - I just asked my husband this question and he came up with an incredulous face that this could even occur - he said he'd like a new plate, with new food and preferably, a new waiter (smile).

    1. The five second rule applies only to yourself. unless,of course, no one saw your sleigh-of-hand. LOL! The answer in obvious; send it back.

      1. does this really happen? It's the second time it's been brought up so apparently yes. It is totally unacceptable!!

        1. "USUALLY remove it to my napkin"!!! This has happened to you more than once???? I can't believe the waiter would touch your food to return it to your plate! Totally unacceptable!
          You should speak to the manager. He should train that waiter better or fire a waiter who can't get a plate to the table intact or has no better sense than to touch a patron's food.
          What goes on in the kitchen?

          1. I know - USUALLY - I made that sound like it happens regularly!